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10 Dollar Tree Planner Supplies

By Katie Poppe
on August 02, 2016

When I was younger, I’d spend a couple of weeks every summer with my aunt and cousins. My aunt would take us all to the dollar store on Sunday and let us pick 2 items each. I chose stationery every. single. time. Guess my inner planner girl was strong even back then.

Thanks to the exceptional quality (hello, heavenly paper) and phenomenal customer service, I never hesitate to invest in products from Limelife Planners. However, I don’t have an unlimited budget and it would be easy to get out of control with spending on extra planner supplies. I balance my Etsy sticker shopping habit with less expensive (but equally adorable and functional) options. Here are 10 of my favorite planner supplies to check out at Dollar Tree.

1. Containers & Organizers
I use Dollar Tree containers to organize all over my house and my planner supplies are no exception. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors so there’s always something to fill your needs. There’s usually one large display somewhere in the store, but don’t forget to check endcaps throughout for more options. For $1, they’re better-than-you’d-expect quality! You’re definitely not limited to the regular organizer section. Check out Kristan’s post here on the blog for clever ways other household organizers can be used for your planner supplies.

2. Sticky Notes
Whether you’re using them in your planner or for reminders around the house, a girl can never have too many sticky notes. At least that’s what I tell myself.  Dollar Tree does have a lot of basic square notes in bright colors, but they also have super cute specialty sticky notes. Some even come in a combo pack with coordinating page flags. The stock seems to change pretty frequently so if you see something you love, snag it. You’ll find most of them in the office supply section, but also check the display racks around the checkout lanes for more specialty items. Wouldn’t these hashtag sticky notes be perfect for scheduling social media posts? The coffee and sweet treat themed set is maybe one of my favorite ever Dollar Tree finds.

3. Washi Tape
Washi tape seems to be the unicorn of the Dollar Tree planning world. It’s not always easy to find, but when you do it’s a major score. The prints tend to be super on-trend and I really love the weight and feel of the tape and strength of the adhesive. When I’ve found washi, it’s been on one of those hangy display things (technical term) in the office supply, art supply or teacher supply aisles. NOTE: I didn’t care for the holographic or glitter washi 2-packs I tried from Dollar Tree. The adhesive was more like duct tape than masking tape and too sticky for my taste. The glitter also shed really bad.

4. Pen & Pencil Bags

I have a major pen addiction which I’m pretty sure comes with the territory of planner love. I do some of my planning on the go and I like taking a variety of pens with me when needed. These zip pouches are a great option! I love the variety of prints and solid colors. Some of them even have reinforced holes so they’re easily added to a binder.

5. Paper Clips & Binder Clips
I use several clips in each of my planners to mark pages for easy reference.  Whether you prefer decorative binder clips or more basic options, Dollar Tree has you covered. I love the bright colors of these basic coated paper clips. The cute shapes on the binder clips would make a super fun addition to any planner.

6. Vinyl Decals
These decals are typically used to decorate walls. They also stick really well to laminated surfaces. You can add them to your dashboards and bookmarks for an extra pop or use them to decorate your 7x9 planner covers and interchangeable covers. I love the idea of using the alphabet sets to create a monogram! These are removable if you’re careful.

7. Stickers
The Dollar Tree has a TON of stickers! I don’t typically find a lot that match my planner style, but I can usually find something if I dig enough. I flipped through part of display after taking this picture and found some super cute donut stickers that came home with me. Remember that the puffy or 3D stickers will add bulk to the pages of your planner so if you like things to lay flat, skip those. Looking for something a little more functional? You can also find write-on label stickers in the office supply section. Use them right in your planner or on those containers I mentioned earlier to label your newly-organized planner station.

8. Coupon Organizers
I love these for organizing my coupons and I also use them for planner supplies. They’re great for separating small sticker sheets. They can also be used to get organized for on-the-go planning and planner meetups.

9. Page Flags
The Target page flags definitely seem to be a favorite in the planner world. It seems like there are a lot of people who struggle to find them in their stores. Maybe you just want something a little different. Dollar Tree page flags are another great option. As I mentioned before, some of them come in a set with sticky notes. They also have some adorable page flags in their own packages. Fun + functional = my favorite kind of planner supplies!

10. Planner Bands

I’m constantly amazed at the number of headband options at Dollar Tree.  I’ve never actually worn one on my head, but I recently discovered that they are the perfect size for holding my planner and notebooks neatly closed. As someone who misplaces my planner bands on the regular, I like having a few extras on hand just in case. The headbands with the rubber grippy things (another technical term) on the back are especially good for helping them stay put on your planner or notebook.

How do you use dollar store items in your Limelife planner? Share your pictures with us on social media and tag your posts with #lovemylimelife and #limelifeplanners.

 

This blog post was written by Katie Clark for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Katie visit her on Instagram @katiedidproductions. Please share this blog entry with your friends!

How To Organize Your Planning Supplies

By Katie Poppe
on July 06, 2016

We have all drooled over the beautiful crafting and planning spaces that we see on social media. Gorgeous desktops display a plethora of thoughtfully arranged planning supplies. A bounty of different planners neatly grouped on bookshelves. Have you ever thought about setting up a space like that? It can be overwhelming to get everything in the right place, but in this post I’ll share some organizing techniques for planner supplies that will have you drooling over your own pretty planning place.

Caddies

Use caddies and organizers to keep your items in line. The obvious choice for the task would be the desktop caddies found in the office section. I’m using this one to organize my stamping supplies and in view so I remember to use them. The drawers hold the things I don’t use as often, such as extra planner bands and paper clips.

Get creative when searching for something that will work. Here I used an old silverware drawer organizer to keep my pens together in a drawer, but separated so I don’t have to dig for just the right one.

I’ve also used a makeup counter organizer to keep pens, washi, and sticky notes within reach on my desktop. And this little guy is a business card holder, but it has found new life as a sticky note holder since it is the perfect size for the Target Dollar Spot sticky notes.

Baskets

These shallow baskets are just the right size to hold most sticker sheets inside my drawer. I have two, one for functional stickers, and one for fun stickers with others that I don’t use as often below. They’re great because they are small and portable, so I can take them out of the drawer if I want to plan on the patio.

Dishes

If you’re anything like me you have an attraction to cute dishes. There always seems to be a cute bowl in the clearance section. Currently I’m using some of my milk glass collection (I think they might be candy dishes, but I’m not sure) to hold my washi on my desktop. I used to keep the washi in the silverware drawer caddy with my pens, but I like it so much better on display. I also use a vintage milk glass loaf pan to keep note cards and stationery organized.

I hope some of these ideas were helpful. Getting your space organized and ready for planning will help keep your creative juices flowing. What is your favorite organizing tip for planner supplies?

This post was written by Kristan Kremer for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Kristan visit her on Instagram @kristankremer. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

What To Bring To A Planner Meetup

By Katie Poppe
on June 22, 2016
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Meetups of planner ladies are becoming exponentially more popular thanks to Facebook. Pretty much every country/region/state/city has one, and what fun would it be if you didn't meet up with the locals for coffee and lots of planning?

You shouldn't be afraid to go to your first planner meetup, even if you are going by yourself and you don't know anyone. All the ladies there have something in common, a love for planners and planner goodies. The way to make the most out of a planner meetup is to be prepared.

But what do I bring? I highly suggest against bringing all 200 rolls of washi tape and your five sticker binders, but that is up to you. In all honesty, you may or may not be doing a whole lot of planning at the meetup, it may be more of a bonding event with 15-30 minutes allotted for group planning.

But if you want to bring supplies, common things to make sure to have in your "planner bag" are...

  • your planner: You wouldn't want to go to a planner meetup without this. Whether you bring it to show off or publicly decorate, ladies will want to see it. Plus, you want to contribute to the awesome planner stack photo at the end of the day.
  • some washi: Washi samples are great for traveling planners (check out the Miss Engineer Designs Etsy shop for $1 washi samples). They are also nice to trade, so be sure to bring empty gift cards or something to wrap them around!
  • some stickers: Like I mentioned, you probably don't need to be carrying all five of your sticker binders around, but for planning time purposes, some stickers are nice to have. You can also share with other ladies at your table.
  • sticker remover: Not a complete necessity, but I always keep Un-Du in my planner bag.
  • pens: I always bring a ton of pens, even though I'm not going to use them all. At least no one will be asking to borrow mine. If you want to be super fancy, bring them in your Kipling 100-Pen Case.
  • an open mind: Be open for anything. No one wants drama at a planner meetup, so be prepared to make friends with strangers and have a great time.
  • swap items: Occasionally, a gift swap will be coordinated on social media before the meetup. It might be "Secret Santa"-style or completely random. You are not forced to participate in the swap, but you will only get a gift if you bring one.
  • destash items: Most meetups will also arrange a little area for anyone to drop off anything they don't want anymore (used or new condition). These items are free for all to pick at and take what they want, perfect for the thrifty planner. 
  • money: Whether you are getting coffee with local planners or prepared to buy something from someone, you don't want to be without your money. 
  • not your children or husband: I hate being honest (ok, no I don't) but I really don't like when people bring their children to "adult" functions. Also, your husband probably doesn't want to be there either. Take these couple hours with your new friends and have a mini mommy vacation.

Now, I have seen people bring suitcases filled with planner supplies (shout out to the Central Ohio Planner Addicts Meetup in March 2015). I have also seen ladies just bring a purse and one planner. When packing your bag, just remember that there is a high possibility that you might be going home with more stuff than you came with, so be prepared for that. 

Have you been to a local/regional/national planner meetup? What was your experience like? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

This blog post was written by Victoria Lee Werth for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Victoria visit her on Instagram @ohmissengineer. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

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